Gifts to Yanks Who Gave

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American Legion - Gifts To Yanks That Gave

Serving Hospitalized Veterans Across Illinois

Welcome to The Gifts To The Yanks website. This site will help you learn more about the mission and the program itself. Will direct you in ways of helping to raise funds, Hospitals served and also help you with the ordering process.





July 14, 2016

Ron Umdenstock, Chairman

The meeting held at Exhibiter Room Convention Hall Springfield, IL

Meeting was opened at 1200 a.m. Roll call of Division Chairmen present were:

  • 1st Division, Joe Hedrick,
  • 3rd Division, John Gleckler,
  • 4th Division Ron Umdenstock,
  • 2nd Division, Jeff Cox Absent
  • 5 Division Frances " Dutch" Jancer Absents

Guest:. Mike Todaro of Minerva Promotion, Don Baumgartner LaGrange Post 1941, James Schleper St. Jacob Post 665

Mike went over the new on line order forms. These instructions will be on web site and will be in the department mailing in August.

Remove fleece sweater from order form and replace with light jacket.

Each Chairman was given a new contract from Minerva Promotion to read. Ron explained why we needed a contract so Minerva could plan storage, ordering of the gifts early, get them printed and keep the web site up.

Adjutant Marty Conaster stopped by and suggested a 5 year contract instead of 7 year one and Mike agreed the Committee approved. Mike and Tony will change contract and meet with Marty.

Committees discuss tax form 501-C-3 and National American Legion. Ron is to check on it.

Ron thanked Mike and guest for coming, meeting adjourned 1:45P.M.

Meeting Adjourned

Ron Umdenstock Chairman



Enclosed is a sample of the Tee-Shirts and lapel pins that are available on line at

The Tee-Shirts cost $15.00 and lapel pins $5.00 each. Patches will be available soon.

It is our hope that your group will have a fund raiser to help support the Gifts To The Yanks Who Gave program.

For those that do not know about the Gifts To The Yanks, it started back in 1944, it is an American Legion program. Money is raised every year to provide Christmas gifts for our veterans in the VA Hospitals, IL VA Nursing Homes, Local Nursing Homes and Homebound.

It takes close to $170,000.00 each year to give good quality sweat suits, blankets, gift bags, sweaters, etc. to over 8000 disabled veterans.

With donations being down the past couple of years we are reaching out to you for your support. You could have a ride, order shirts and sell them or charges a fee to ride and give them a shirt, patch, lapel pin. I am sure you all have done similar fund raisers for other programs and can think of a great way to raise funds to support our disabled veterans.

100% of ALL donations go to the program, no administration fees are taken.

If you have questions please give me a call, home 309-822-8912 or cell 309-264-6228.

Thanks for caring and supporting our disabled veterans, please help us bring smiles to the faces of our veterans that may only be receiving this gift for Christmas.

For God and Country,
Ron Umdenstock, Chairman GTTY
American Legion, Dept of IL
1425 Spring Bay Rd.
East Peoria, IL 61611

To download an "ORDER FORM" pleaseOrder Form